A Serious Crash In London Involved Several Pedestrians & Many Were Taken To Hospital

Injuries are ranging from minor to life-threatening.

Toronto Associate Editor
A Serious Crash In London Involved Several Pedestrians & Many Were Taken To Hospital

The London Police Service said it is investigating a serious collision that occurred on Tuesday night in the west end of the city.

At around 6:45 p.m. on November 30, LPS said it responded to a call west of Wonderland Road on Riverside Drive regarding a motor vehicle crash that involved several pedestrians and vehicles.

Paramedic services took multiple pedestrians to the hospital with injuries ranging from "minor in nature" to life-threatening, according to police.

In an updated announcement, LPS said that, although "it is still early on in the investigation, there is nothing to indicate that this was an intentional act."

Wonderland Road between Springbank Drive and Kingsway Avenue was closed as well as Riverside Drive between Braemar Crescent and Warren Road, but officers tweeted on Wednesday morning that the roads have since reopened.

Constable Sandasha Bough told Narcity that police couldn't yet confirm the number of people involved in the collision as officers are still waiting to hear back from investigators.

"As of right now I'm still waiting on information," Bough said.

A spokesperson for Middlesex-London Paramedic Services told Global News that eight people were taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. The spokesperson said three patients were in "very critical" condition when they were taken to the hospital. One person was believed to have been treated while at the scene, Global reports. The remaining people were reported to be in serious condition.

Police release update

In an update posted later on December 1, LPS reported that at least one vehicle and 10 pedestrians were hit in the incident. The driver of the vehicle is a 76-year-old woman, police say.

“A group of pedestrians were walking eastbound together on the north side of Riverside Drive, just west of Wonderland Road, when they were struck by a westbound vehicle,” police said in the updated news release.

That vehicle hit another vehicle that was stopped at a red light and then kept going through the red light.

The involved vehicle struck a light standard and a small tree before it collided with the pedestrians, according to police.

The 10 pedestrians were women and girls between the ages of 6 and 40.

One 8-year-old sustained serious injuries and later died, police reported.

The remaining children and adults involved are either in fair or good condition, and one teen and two children have since been released from the hospital. Officers with the LPS Traffic Management Unit are still investigating the incident.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Alex Arsenych
Toronto Associate Editor
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